Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Treating Sleep Apnea Lowers Glucose Levels

Individuals with Type 2 diabetes who also suffer from sleep apnea can better manage their diabetes by receiving the most common sleep apnea treatements.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder in which a person's breathing actually stops during sleep when their airway collapses. This interferes with healthy sleep and leads to a number both subtle and profound health related effects.

Previous research has found sleep apnea sufferers are nine times more likely to have diabetes than those without the sleep disorder.

The most common treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea involves wearing a mask that delivers air through their nose. The airflow keeps the nasal passages open sufficiently to prevent airway collapse.

Approximately 18 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and approximately 90 percent have not been diagnosed.

Source: Diabetes In Control.com: Archives of Internal Medicine, Feb 28. 2005, Drs. James Herdegen, Ambika Babu and Leon Fogelfeld.

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